YouTuber pranks her followers with “photos from Bali” taken at her local IKEA – DIY Photography

People read a headline and believe they know all there is to know. People also see pictures taken by "influencers" and believe them. Ignoring the fact that the word 'influence' is literally what the creator calls themselves. It could be precisely because of this trust, but also because people rarely take a good look at … Continue reading YouTuber pranks her followers with “photos from Bali” taken at her local IKEA – DIY Photography

Democrats Love a Good Fight (with each other)

I've recently begun listening to the Reply All podcast and came across a three part series that had me riveted. I have a habit of putting on a podcast with a 15 minute timer when I can't sleep late at night. This series came me awake for the next 2 hours because I HAD to … Continue reading Democrats Love a Good Fight (with each other)

The Esoteric Composition of Radiohead’s song Videotape

Music notation in four bars with paino kick drum snare and hi-hat cymbal notes.

Radiohead recorded one of my favorite songs of all time. But for the life of me, I have not understood what puts them in that group of bands that exists above the fray. Popular but not.  Legendary but not massively. Contemporary yet throwback. This episode of Earworm by Estelle Caswell on Vox answers it for … Continue reading The Esoteric Composition of Radiohead’s song Videotape

How to Misinform People with Blogs and Make Money

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A situation we all know too well A week ago I found myself debating the future of jobs with someone I have not met and do not know. And inevitably it reached the point of battling with information sources. And this is where every online discussion goes off the rails. Eventually an information source is … Continue reading How to Misinform People with Blogs and Make Money

Public Policy Analysis Podcast

https://youtu.be/ImwEq23h6vs For anyone interested in deep discussion about the nuances of social and economic problems, Vox's The Weeds is the podcast for you. The hosts of this show truly get "into the weeds" and dissect the different facets of complex problems facing us in society. Hence the name. I can assure you that if you spend … Continue reading Public Policy Analysis Podcast

Star Wars Comes to Life

The collective excitement of this film spans the globe. Made even more so by the revelation that real physical movie sets have been built. The characters are physically real and not completely animated through CGI. The excitement of the actors during the interviews is obvious and I think that will bring the movie alive in a … Continue reading Star Wars Comes to Life